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    I just bought a pair of Martin Logan Theos electrostatic speakers. Oh my, do these dark-cherry beauties sound great--even straight out of the box! They replaced a pair of B&W 804S, which in turn replaced a pair of ML ReQuests due to the latter's overwhelming size according to my wife! Anyway, the Theos are much less obtrusive but still have the incredibly clarity and transparency for which ML is known. The B&Ws sound good, but they can't compete with the utter realism of ML speakers. It's so great to be an ML owner again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    I just bought a pair of Martin Logan Theos electrostatic speakers. Oh my, do these dark-cherry beauties sound great--even straight out of the box! They replaced a pair of B&W 804S, which in turn replaced a pair of ML ReQuests due to the latter's overwhelming size according to my wife! Anyway, the Theos are much less obtrusive but still have the incredibly clarity and transparency for which ML is known. The B&Ws sound good, but they can't compete with the utter realism of ML speakers. It's so great to be an ML owner again!
    Congratulations! Sounds wonderful. If they compete with 804s they must be pretty good! What amp are you using to drive them?
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    Yes, congrats. I hadn't thought of this technology since a friend owned Magnepan twenty-something years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ut Pictura View Post
    Congratulations! Sounds wonderful. If they compete with 804s they must be pretty good! What amp are you using to drive them?
    Compete with? They make the B&Ws sound as if they have a wool blanket over them! I hear details that I never knew existed even in familiar recordings. At the moment, I'm using a Sony STR 6400ES AVR. I hope to use it just as a pre-amp and buy a more powerful 5-channel amp in the near future--maybe a Parasound 5250v.2. (Obviously a big Krell or McIntosh would be nice, but my wife would never go for that!)

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    What do people think of Bang & Olufsen equipment? I'm thinking of investing. But I want some unbiased opinion first.

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    B & O equipment is beautifully designed and engineered.
    However it all depends on what you want from your system
    You would be able to get better "sounding" kit for the same money, but it probably wouldn't look anywhere near as good.
    The best thing is to look at some of the "audiophile" forums and see what there is out there.
    OR buy a pice of modern art (B&O equipment)
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    CountenanceAnglais B&O make quality products which do sound very good, but there is general consensus that they are overpriced. But even worse than being overpriced is that they are proprietary - their components use some kind of proprietary connector that stops you from connecting non B&O products to the system. I found this out when I wanted to buy a center channel speaker for my HT. I looked at the back and could not see any connectors I was familiar with - no RCA, no XLR, just a "Beolink" connector - which is used by no other equipment manufacturer on the market. They couldn't even supply me with a connector and a pin diagram so that I could make my own cable. Instead, they tried to convince me to sell my system and switch to B&O!

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    That's one of the reasons I'd never buy their stuff.

    I've had the best luck with Yamaha and Sony.
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    Brilliant; thanks for that very helpful information. I am wary now that I've read about the "proprietary" element. That's a colossal hide!! Still, I don't feel confident about 'going it alone' at an audio shop. Most of them seem "home theatre" these days and this is not what I want. The old type hi-fi dealer seems to be a thing of the past. My old system (B&W speakers) is on its last legs. But I wonder about how good the newer stuff is. CAn anybody tell me about a good audio forum please?

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    This site is pretty good: http://www.audioaficionado.org/

    So is this one: http://www.martinloganowners.com/forum/index.php (although based on Martin Logan owners, it has some general audio sections, too.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    This site is pretty good: http://www.audioaficionado.org/

    So is this one: http://www.martinloganowners.com/forum/index.php (although based on Martin Logan owners, it has some general audio sections, too.)
    Thanks very much for those links

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    Thanks Kontrapunctus, I've joined that first site.

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    I looked at the cable sub-forum and had a good laugh...

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    I like listeners who claim to hear a difference among A.C. cables...or speaker spikes! (I wish I were kidding...)

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